After nearly two years in jail, Aaron Tucker was finally getting his life in order. On his way to his first job interview, Aaron witness a serious car crash. Without thinking he abandoned his bus to the interview and became a hero.
“I got locked up three weeks before my son was born,” Tucker explained. “When he was born, I got a phone call from the hospital. I heard my son crying in the background, and right then and there I was like, ‘I’m changing my life.'”
While Aaron was finishing his sentence, he worked hard to complete his GED and became a tutor in the prison. When he was released, Aaron set to his plan of getting a job and providing for his son. He quickly set up a job interview with a local barbecue restaurant. That morning he got up early, put on a dress shirt given to him by his halfway house, and headed out on a public bus.
On the way, Aaron was shocked to see a car hit a tree and go airborne. The bus driver stopped the bus but was unable to help as he couldn’t abandon his route. That’s when he told Aaron that if he got off, the bus would have to continue on without him. There was no hesitation as Aaron jumped from the bus and ran over to the flipped vehicle along with two other men from a local auto store.
“I feel like a job can come and go, but a life is one time thing,” Tucker told CBS News. “The job just wasn’t in my mind at that time.”
When they reached the car window, the driver was covered in blood from a head wound. The men worked together to unbuckle the driver and pull him to safety as the car was beginning to catch fire. Then Aaron removed his interview shirt and wrapped the man’s head to slow the bleeding. One of the other men, Scott Luciani, was a previous EMT and was able to help direct how to assist the victim until the medical teams arrived.
“You’re going to be all right,” Tucker recalls saying. “Your family wants to see you. Keep your eyes open.”
A Westport car crash turns strangers into heroes — including a Bridgeport man who used his shirt as a tourniquet https://t.co/c1NDkDjksx pic.twitter.com/bReGrAJaRI
— WestportNow (@WestportNow) July 12, 2017
Thankfully, the police report stated that the crash victim was stable, though suffering from serious injuries.
“Someone needed my help, and that’s what I did. I helped them,” the 32-year-old father told WABC. “If it happened again, I’m going to continue to do it, because it’s the right thing.”
Making The Right Decision
Since reading about their local hero, the town has rallied around Aaron. Local resident, Karen Dale, called Aaron and requested his permission to set up a GoFundMe page to help him and his 21-month-old son.
The barbecue restaurant willingly rescheduled Aaron’s job interview. And another local business owner has offered him a tailored suit to help with interviews, which Aaron is very grateful.
“I’m looking for any kind of job –- construction worker, landscaper, restaurant worker. I’ll do a good job.”
Aaron insists he’s no hero. Just a regular guy trying to do the right thing. Well done, Aaron.
h/t: Westport Now
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